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User currently offlineFokker Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1394 times:

It's finally my turn to start a stupid thread. This may even be my first thread starter ever.
It's almost 2 am, I'm winding down and my kids are trying to fall asleep in front of the tv. I can remember being a kid and waking up in the middle of the night with either the National Anthem playing, or a test pattern with that high pitched whine. After a few minutes the station would go completely off the air, and there would be nothing but static. In 1969 we had a color console tv with remote. When you pushed the channel button, the knob on the tv would actually move. Clunk, Clunk, Clunk. Of course we only had 3 channels so there wasn't a whole lot of scanning to do. Then when the President came on, you were really screwed. Because he came on all 3 channels at the same time. That's when we would go outside and play with the other kids.
Here's another one. My brothers's house still has the original rotary phone. It even has the BR-549 type phone number still on the piece of paper under the dial. My kids looked at it for a while, then in all seriousness turned and asked, "how do you use it?" I'm only 38, and that made me feel old.

Ok old timers, post your stuff that doesn't exist anymore. While you do that, I'll be looking for Sponge Bob, or some Nik at night on the satellite.

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User currently offlineSRQCrosscheck From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 211 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1373 times:

I had to ask my dad the first time I used a record player if I was putting the needle on right because I'd never used one before (3 years ago).  Smile

When I saw Apollo 13 in the movie theaters, I had *no clue* what NASA scientists were doing with the sliderules.


User currently offlineBaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1373 times:

You are a 38 year old man that watches Sponge Bob?  Confused
J/K, I'm only 24, but I do reminisce often about things. Much has changed since even the early 80's. I have young nieces and am amazed at the things they find entertaining on the television. I would like to see the test pattern again or hear the national anthem instead of infomercials.

BaylorAirBear



I'm just skipping stones...
User currently offlineSaxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2382 posts, RR: 42
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1367 times:

Yep. I remember all that. Except that the test patterns would scare the hell out of me.

I also remember pouring milk from glass bottles, delivered by a milkman. How's that for old? Back then, we'd go to the meat market, which was the only place my mom would buy the baloney (yeah, I know there's a better, non-colonial spelling for that, but I'm too tired to type it at the moment) that I, being a picky kid, practically lived on for about a year.

You know what blows me away? I was talking to the son of a colleague a few years ago... he was, maybe, eight or so. His mom and dad had this great oak tree in the yard, and I asked him if he was going to talk his dad into building him a treehouse. The kid looked at me like I'd lost my mind... like, what on earth would he be doing in a tree? I just sat there, dumbstruck. Kids don't climb trees anymore? What, did that go out with Nintendo or something?

Oh well. Guess I'll get used to being old, someday... (by the way, "pop musik" by M is on the radio at this very moment, and I actually remember owning that on a 45. Wow.)

-Leanne


User currently offlineBaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1361 times:

Quoting Saxdiva (Reply 3):
What, did that go out with Nintendo or something?

I'm building a treehouse for my nieces right now. Hopefully they will use their treehouse to instill a sense of adventure in all of the kids they know that sit on a couch all day. There is still hope for future generations, and it can be found in the treehouse.

BaylorAirBear



I'm just skipping stones...
User currently offlineSenorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1353 times:

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Reply 2):
J/K, I'm only 24, but I do reminisce often about things. Much has changed since even the early 80's. I have young nieces and am amazed at the things they find entertaining on the television. I would like to see the test pattern again or hear the national anthem instead of infomercials.

I'm also 24, and I have to agree much has changed since the days we were kids. I look at my friends who have kids and all these kids wanna do is play videogames and watch Yu-Gi-Oh and what have you.
The test patterns always scared me. Or when they had technical difficulties and it cut to the test patterns was equally traumatizing.


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8680 posts, RR: 43
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1335 times:

I'm only 20 and remember some of the things you're talking about! I was never much into tree houses, but I played outside all day long. We had maybe six TV channels, half of them bad quality, and watching 'toons meant getting up early on Sunday mornings.

Does anyone know why I love Calvin & Hobbes?  Wink



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1303 times:

Quoting Saxdiva (Reply 3):
(by the way, "pop musik" by M is on the radio at this very moment, and I actually remember owning that on a 45. Wow.)

Me too!!! I've even still got it - my vinyl hasn't been thrown out or relegated to the loft like a lot of people's that I know!

There's so much that I could put in a list of things that don't exist any more that I wouldn't know where to start. But one of the things that does stand out to me (and has already been mentioned here) is that kids don't play out in the street any more. Makes me wonder how they go about making those life-long friends that we all made just by going off and exploring neighbouring streets, going off to play in the local park and sometimes even jumping on a bus to go and see different parts of town. Sign of the times I guess.

And now I feel old - thanks for that  irked   laughing 



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User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1296 times:

Hmmm...I can remember my grandmother passed away without ever having indoor plumbing (yup, we had to use the outhouse, had a jerk-water well and brought drinking water into the kitchen in a bucket to scoop out with a ladel). Our phone had a crank to alert the operator to get you a number, and it was a "party line" at that.

Fast-forward to vehicles; anyone remember the reverberator? I had a '64 Sport Fury and couldn't afford a true stereo, so the back seat reverberator speaker system was the next best thing. Guess that kind of dates me once again. Regards...Jack



all best; jack
User currently offlineIhadapheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6027 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1262 times:

I can remember the good old days when the equipment in the playgrounds were set into the ground using chunks of exposed concrete that were just asking to be fallen on.

I still have an reel to reel video recorder. Only last year did I sell my old U-matic video equipment.

I also still remember only having 3 TV stations (although with luck and when the condition were right we could pick up stations from YHM and YYZ. Then one magic day we "got" our first PBS station followed shortly by an independent station (Lucy reruns!!)

ah yes then came cable TV, where we had a weather channel that was a single camera than panned back an forth over a series of duals d that displayed temp, wind, humidity, pressure and TIME, of the joy


IHAP



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User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1236 times:

Im only 24 (well in 5 days) and still cant get over how much life has changed.

I got introduced to the PC at school in my GCSE year, after using BBC computers and dot matrix printers (the noise, my god)

My first game system was a Master system, followed by the Amstrad, then Amiga, then Mega drive, followed by both editions of the playstation.

Now i have a computer that plays music, connects to the internet and this great website, and enables me to fly around the world with great grpahics. Try telling someone that we could be doin this a few years ago and the would have thought u were nuts


User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1221 times:

I remember the national anthem or the test patterns on the TV with the high pitched wine.

When I was really young, we had one TV that went clunk clunk when you changed the channel. Does anyone remember having to set your TV on channel 3 and then turn on the cable box? By the time I was 5, most of our stuff had remote controlls, but I remember getting our first VCR. I thought it was the neatest thing! And, I remember my mom's first Camcorder. (At least that is what we called them). We also had dairy products brought to the house by the Schwann's man. Schwann's was the really in thing at the time, and kids loved it for the icecream.

I also remember when I bought my first Nintendo, had an Atari before, and before that, I had something called Caleeco or something. When Nintendo came out, it sold like nothing else. I remember, I saved up my allowance and bought it for $70. Nowadays I think things like playstation are much more expensive.

Does anyone remember Showbiz Pizza? Kind of like a Chucky Cheese, but better! They had a lot of animatronic animals that did a skit on stage. They sang, and everything!

UAL


User currently offlineTriStarEnvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1211 times:

Cool thread!

I worked in a town in West Texas about 20 years ago that still only required you to dial six numbers instead of seven to get someone on the line.

I grew up in a big town so we had your three "regular" stations, plus one "PBS" station and a couple of "independents" on VHF...

We had milk delivered thru the mid 60's and some company called "Charles Chips" that brought snack food to your door in Houston in 1969.

I remember staying up late watching Walter Cronkheit during the Apollo 13 mission. And it was a big deal to watch all the lift offs at school, too. I got to bring my B/W Sears 13" portable TV to school, so the elementary school class could watch the launches.

And remember that you HAD to watch a show when it was on, since we didn't have VCR's to record stuff? Man, it was a big deal if you missed "A Charlie Brown Christmas" or "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer".



If you don't stand for SOMETHING, you'll fall for ANYTHING.
User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1207 times:

God, im only 18 and I feel old myself. I can relate to alot of the things you did. I climbed trees, had a treehouse! I had nintendos, and switch knobs. I watched 3 shows, and stuff. we actually had 5, Channel, 3, 6,8, 12 and 23. That was all we could watch. I remember the first time we got statellite (sp?) in 1997. I was soo excited, we had so many channels!!! God, I feel old lol.
Alex



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User currently offlineTheredbaron From Mexico, joined Mar 2005, 2189 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1200 times:

Some things kids nowadays dont even think of:

Non remote everything !!! you wanted another channel, go and turn the dial.
No Cable
Am radios ruled the cars.
Getting on an airplane required "dressing up"
No "custom" Fast Food.
No Celulars, no FAX, wanted fast Comm? get a phone or a telex.
No digital clocks
No Video arcades
No Video recorders.
When your vinyls sounded like crap you had to buy a new Stylus (Shure V15 Mk III thanks!)
When a amplifier with 80 watts RMS was "way too much"
Open reel recorders where for audiophiles and of course the computers used open reel to record programs or punch cards.

Just to make this even more fun...I took out my very old Apple II+ like 5 months ago just to see if it worked and to rewrite some of the floppys, and I fired it up and my kid said:

Dad, the monitor is screwed! it looks green, ALL GREEN....poor guy he doesnt even know what kind of things we had to go through.

Bets regards
TRB



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User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1192 times:

Its all so strange.

I loaded up msfs95 and msfs98 the other week to just see what they were like. I hated it. Could not belive i had so much fun with it back then lol


User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11516 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1190 times:

I feel bad for you guys having only grown up with three channels! We had 5 here in Portland. I also remeber when calling from PDT to PDX we would just dial 1 then the 7 digit number. We were so exited when we got our very first push-button phone when I was 14! We couldn't wait for someone to call so we could hear the difference between that metal bell on the old rotary phone and the ringer on the new push-button phone! My favorite game system was Inellivision, but we still would rather play kick-the-can until it got dark.

GO CANUCKS!!



Life in the wall is a drag.
User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1190 times:

Well, where to start, born in '62.

1. The Milkman and the Milk box built into the side of our house. Twin Pines was the dairy (Milky the clown)!

2. In Detroit we had more than three stations, CBET, WWJ, WJR (now WDIV), WXYZ, WKBD and WTVS

3. Growing up my phone # was LIncoln 6-7473, and yes it was a rotary phone...why to we still say dial?

4. Zoo keys at the Detroit Zoo (you have to be a Detroiter to understand that one).

5. American Motors was still in business.

6. Going Downtown to Hundson's.

don't get me going.....there is soooo much more.


User currently offlineTriStarEnvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1184 times:

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 17):
6. Going Downtown to Hundson's.

Wow, going downtown. A special trip. Off to a downtown department store. And maybe, lunch in the cafe, in the SAME store! My generation (I'm 44) is probably the last ones who knew, or appreciated the days before malls came, when you might go "downtown" to shop. At several different stores, and do a ton of walking.

I remember having a day off from school, about 1971, and going w/my mom to Sharpstown Mall, in Houston, at about 10 am. There wasn't hardly another soul in the place! Maybe about 10 people. Remember when most everybody WORKED in the daytime, and shopped, at night!

Here's another one: remember pneumatic tubes in big stores? The sales clerk would write up the bill, and if you paid with a card, they would send it "upstairs" or where ever the sales office was? I hated shopping when I was a kid, but there was a store in downtown Norman, Oklahoma, that still used one of these, and I was totally intrigued by it....



If you don't stand for SOMETHING, you'll fall for ANYTHING.
User currently offlineBaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 50
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1173 times:

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 11):
Does anyone remember Showbiz Pizza?

ShowBiz Pizza...Where a kid can be a kid!

BaylorAirBear



I'm just skipping stones...
User currently offlineMUWarriors From United States of America, joined May 2005, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1167 times:

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 11):
Does anyone remember Showbiz Pizza? Kind of like a Chucky Cheese, but better! They had a lot of animatronic animals that did a skit on stage. They sang, and everything!

I was just thinking about Showbiz the other day. That was a great place, and maybe its because my memory has changed things, but I remember the pizza was better, and the shows were a lot more fun, and more of them.

Quoting Trekster (Reply 15):
I loaded up msfs95 and msfs98

I fired up the old Apple IIe the other day, with MicroProse(?) Flight Simulator version 2.0. The only buildings in Chicago were the Sears Tower, and Hancock Building. New York had the Twin Towers, Empire State, and Statue of Liberty. I think those were the only ones, and a flight from Danville to Chicago took about a week and a half (give or take).


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8680 posts, RR: 43
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1158 times:

Quoting Seb146 (Reply 16):
We were so exited when we got our very first push-button phone when I was 14! We couldn't wait for someone to call so we could hear the difference between that metal bell on the old rotary phone and the ringer on the new push-button phone!

Me too! Me too! I remember it seemed odd that the push-button phone was exactly the same shape and colour as the one it replaced... oh the joys of state-run telecom services!  Silly

Quoting TriStarEnvy (Reply 18):
My generation (I'm 44) is probably the last ones who knew, or appreciated the days before malls came, when you might go "downtown" to shop. At several different stores, and do a ton of walking.

LOL! Not in Europe, or at least Germany - I'm totally used to shopping downtown. However the grocer is right on my street, maybe a five minute walk, and I rarely need things I can't get there.

What about weekly markets?



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5627 posts, RR: 32
Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1152 times:

Cars with no heating.

Cars with pull-down windows.

Cars with no radio.

Push lawnmowers.

Electric milk and bread delivery vans.

Clothes and bedsheets collected from the house and delivered washed and ironed.

Men collecting bucktes of "slops" (ie organic waste) to feed their pigs (the smell!) for free.

Propeller planes.

[Edited 2005-06-05 23:27:46]

User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7405 posts, RR: 50
Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1139 times:
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I remember when I was young, before the BBC was a 24 hr operation, the used have a voice that said, "The BBC is closing down for the night, please remember to switch off your sets".


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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8680 posts, RR: 43
Reply 24, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1125 times:

To think that I'm sitting here with my cell phone on my desk, listening via WWW to a radio station from back home without a loss in quality (compared to FM), chit-chatting with people from God-knows-where about how things were so different some years back... It IS impressive!

Maybe we'll reminisce about LH's lack of PTVs in Y-class in another ten years!  Silly



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
25 Purpleheepster : Took the words out my mouth! But it's a sign of the times that parents DON'T LET their kids play outside anymore. My friends and I used to walk three
26 AGC525 : I love Calvin and Hobbes!!!!! I'm 27, but I remember when McDonalds had the Happy Meals that came in cheap plastic cars, that you could put stickers
27 Cptkrell : Reading some of the additional stuff you guys have posted reminds me of several OTHER things (like the old speaker-reverberator radio in my car), that
28 Aerobalance : Carburetors...and synchronizing sidedraft Webers!!
29 SWA TPA : Oooohhhh FUN!!!! Talking about those first non-rotary phones. Remember when you pressed a number it went dit-dit-dit-dit-dit instead of today's one be
30 MUWarriors : What about the ditto machine? Remember those lovely purple lines with that weird alcohol smell? You could never read them, but unless it was something
31 StevenUhl777 : LOL...same here. Our entire family piled into our '76 Pinto the day we picked up our Quasar VCR...HUGE! And $1,200...very expensive for 1981. We also
32 Post contains links TriStarEnvy : Hey, since we were mentioning eating places, as in "Showbiz", how about the all time greatest place to go for a birthday party??? "Farrell's Ice Cream
33 StevenUhl777 : Absolutely...that was a fun place for birthdays! I remember when I lived in the SF Bay area, there was one in San Mateo where I attended a lot of bir
34 Post contains images PHLBOS : When I moved into southeastern PA (Delaware County) nearly 15 years ago, there were still businesses that listed their phone numbers (7-digits) on si
35 Logan22L : I remember my brothers "digital" clock. It had plastic flipover numerals instead of hands. This would have been in the mid 1970s. Instead of a stereo
36 Post contains images Carmenlu15 : My 9-year-old sister asked me once whether I liked to watch SpongeBob when I was a kid, to which I replied "when I was a kid, there was no SpongeBob."
37 Dvk : 1) I used punch cards in my high school computer science class. 2) I remember when you had to wait up to a minute after turning on the TV for it to "w
38 Santosdumont : I arrived in Charlottesville, Virginia (USA) from Colombia in 1975 at the age of 8. My indoctrination in US 70s kitsch culture got underway immediatel
39 Post contains images NoUFO : Yeah that! I remember my teacher mentioning that he will get his first push-button phone soon, and I said "Great, wish we had one too. No more moving
40 Fokker Lover : Here's another one that I've been thinking about. We always have big fairs and festivals around here. Along with the food, animals, rides, and games t
41 PHLBOS : How could I forget this one: One could get road maps at gas stations... for FREE!!!!!
42 BaylorAirBear : Ya'll drove a Pinto and could afford a $1200 VCR? You could've bought another car. Did you also have one of those giant-ass mobile phones in a bag? B
43 Nonrvsmdmf : Ahhhh some great reminders, here are mine: 1. Being gone all day and my mom not calling the cops thinking I was kidnapped. 2. Trick-or-Treating, just
44 Mhodgson : When my dad got a mobile phone, and it was something of a status symbol at the time! It was huge, but you could boast about it at school "It has seven
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